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Closed crossing snarls traffic



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A motorist turns around after discovering the road is closed for repairs at the railroad crossing on Smith Valley Road near State Road 135 in Greenwood, Ind. Mike Wolanin / Daily Journal


Drivers undeterred by the warning sign near the closed railroad crossing on Smith Valley Road are making U-turns in the middle of the street, through a neighborhood and in business parking lots when they realize they can’t get through.

A resident of the Shepherds Grove neighborhood has seen a dozen cars at a time loop through the entrance of her subdivision while walking her dog in the evening. And at one nearby intersection, evening traffic backups have become noticeable.

Smith Valley Road between Peterman Road and State Road 135 was closed Sunday so the Indiana Rail Road Co. can replace rails and ties at the crossing. Construction is scheduled to finish by the end of this week.

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